Boy (8) critically ill after Co Antrim farm accident
AN eight-year-old boy was critically ill in hospital last night after a farm accident in Co Antrim.
It is understood he sustained head injuries after he fell from a tractor at his family farm on the Old Frosses Road near Cloughmills yesterday morning.
Ambulance crews were called to Cloughmills Medical Centre in the village at about 11.30am. It is thought the boy's family took him to the centre after the fall.
The boy was initially taken to Antrim Area Hospital but was transferred to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast yesterday afternoon.
It is thought the child was off school for his Halloween break.
North Antrim DUP MLA Mervyn Storey, who knows the boy's family, said he was shocked by the accident.
"The news of this accident has stunned the local community in the Cloughmills area," he said.
"Many schools have just started their half-term holidays and this highlights the dangers that can exist around a working farm.
"My thoughts are with family at this time and I join with many others in praying that the young boy will recover from the injuries he has suffered."
His party colleague, North Antrim DUP MP Ian Paisley Jnr said: "I am shocked to learn about this accident and my thoughts and prayers are with the family circle at this very worrying time".
"Farming is very much a family occupation and I hope that the young boy will soon be able to return home to the farm."